Do you have an itchy pet with dry skin?
It could be ‘walking dandruff’, a common term used for an infection caused by the mite Cheyletiella. Humans can even get a transient rash from this mite indirectly from their pet. This mite most commonly lives on dogs, cats, and rabbits. Watch for itching, scaly dandruff, and redness. Cats may even pull their fur out or have multiple small red pinpoint bumps on their skin.
Image from Clinician’s Brief displaying “Walking Dandruff”
If your pet it itchy with dry skin please see your veterinarian for a simple skin test to help identify the mite and/or eggs. It can easily be confused with lice, allergies, and other causes of dry skin. Multiple safe treatment options are available and all exposed pets and pets in the same house need to be treated at the same time. Don’t forget to wash bedding and vacuum. Following a good house cleaning, be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the canister to prevent re-infection too. This is a relatively easy condition to treat and prevent future infections and resolve some very uncomfortable itching in your furry friend.
There are many reasons your pet could be itchy and uncomfortable. The best way to help your pet get some much needed relief is to see your veterinarian so they can figure out the cause of the problem and treat appropriately.